Nevada County Superior Court issues second Covid-19 related Executive Order, May 28

On May 28, the Nevada County Superior Court issued Executive Order #190 on revised operations and protocols of the court due to Covid19. The order was distributed narrowly on May 30.  To download the EO click here: NCSCT.Order190.05.28.20.

The order details schedules, calendars and operations for criminal cases, family law cases, civil cases, and remote appearances, and protocol for jurors, as well as Truckee operations. Criminal trials are to resume in June.

The Court now required face coverings for all persons over the age of 2 years, and requires social distancing. This Order supplements prior Orders.

Nevada County Law Library Noontime Seminars – April & May cancellations

The Noontime Legal MCLE Seminars, scheduled for April and May, have been postponed and will be rescheduled for 2021.

Cancelled for 2020:

  • April 21, 2020: Estate Planning – “Better Than Nothing! End of Life Planning: How to Prepare a Basic Estate Plan for Free”, with Dylan Hendricks
  • May 19, 2020: Landlord/Tenant law – “Bootin’ ‘em out, and Keepin’ ‘em in– Evictions in Nevada County”, with Jeff Guyton

The original 2020 Seminar schedule and other information is available on the court website.  These seminars are taught by local attorneys and designed as MCLE for the practicing attorney, but they are also intended to be accessible to the general public.

Public Notice: Covid19 Advisory from Placer County Superior Court

Similar to other government agencies and California Trial Courts, the Superior Court of California, County of Placer (Court) is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The Court is in routine communication with Placer County Public Health, other Placer County justice agencies, other California Trial Courts, and the Judicial Council of California. We are working with these and other entities to ensure we have up-to-date information and can best weigh the need to provide access to justice to our community, while also supporting the activities of our public health agencies and the health of the public.

The Court has implemented additional cleaning protocols in high use areas to reduce the potential for transmission of this or other viruses for those coming to our courthouses.

We encourage everyone to follow the Center for Disease Control and Placer County Public Health guidance on prevention (

The Court initiated changes to its operations on March 9 and modified those changes on March 12 and 13. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Placer County Superior Court will further adjust its court operations. In total:

All civil jury trials currently set between Monday, March 16, and Friday, April 10, 2020, will be postponed.

All criminal jury trials currently set between Monday, March 16, and Friday, March 20, 2020, have been postponed. The Court is seeking an emergency order to postpone all criminal jury trials through April 10, 2020. The Court will issue an updated announcement as circumstances warrant.

All non-traffic infraction and traffic infraction and misdemeanor hearings and trials (all cases beginning with “41-”) set between Monday, March 16 and Friday, April 10, 2020, will be postponed to a new hearing date. This does not include hearings related to driving under the influence cases.

New citation appearance dates in traffic matters are being reviewed to ensure they have been set for hearing no less than 75 days from the date the citation was issued. If the timeline was less than 75 days, the court will set a new date. The Court will provide notice to impacted parties of their new date in these situations.

Parties in family law and civil cases are encouraged to appear by telephone for most matters. The Court encourages you to review the list of matters that can be heard remotely, either via telephone or via a video appearance. The Court has expanded the list of hearings eligible for telephone appearance without prior approval. Instructions for how to appear can be found at:

For Small Claims and Unlawful Detainer hearings set to be heard on or after March 23, 2020, the Court is offering video appearances through its new video appearance system. Information on how to use this service is available on the Court’s remote appearance page at:

The Court has implemented significant changes to its Self-Help Center. With the exception of the Domestic Violence Restraining Order Workshop, all workshops are cancelled until further notice. In-person services are limited to emergencies only. Please visit the SelfHelp section of the Court’s website for information on how to schedule a telephone or video appointment.

The Court asks that when entering a courtroom or finding seating in other areas of the courthouse, members of the public keep at least one vacant seat between themselves and the next unfamiliar person.

The Court further asks that members of the public allow space while waiting in lines, and that they not crowd elevators or other confined spaces. Court visitors may be asked to wait in hallways or outside courtrooms to minimize gathering sizes in closed areas. Please follow the accommodation, health, and safety directions of any Sheriff’s Deputies or other Court Employees offering their assistance.

If you believe you are sick, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, please contact the Court Clerk’s Office at 916-408-6000 for further information. If you have an attorney, contact your attorney before calling the Court. Defendants who have posted bail are encouraged to discuss the bail issues with their attorney and the bail bonding company.

March 15, 2020 – Superior Court, County of Placer
(The Court’s Notices are available here:)
PLACER COVID-19 Infographic – March 15 2020
PLACER Public Notice_COVID-19 – March 15, 2020

NCBA Noontime Seminar MCLE on Cannabis Law

Most cannabis consumers have not heard of cannabis appellations yet, but they will, as California is working under a tight two-year mandate to establish special geographic regions for the cultivation of cannabis similar to the wine regions of the Napa Valley or Bordeaux, France. Heather will be presenting on the infancy of this regulatory program and how Nevada County cannabis farmers, wine growers, agriculturalists, and connoisseurs can take part in defining the cultivation regions in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Heather will also cover business strategies in the cannabis business, such as choosing the right type of entity, the importance of entity governance, and creating successful written agreements. If you are interested in cannabis in Nevada County, this presentation is for you.

Just Say Know: An Update on Local, State, and Federal Cannabis Laws
Heather Burke, Attorney
12:00-1:00 p.m. $30 Attorneys (MCLE credit); $15 Public
Nevada County Superior Court, Law Library, 201 Church Street, Nevada City

Open to attorneys and the public. Attorneys will receive one hour of MCLE credit. To enroll, please call 530265-7161 or email Arrive by 11:45 a.m. to complete registration and payment.

View flyer here: Cannabis flyer 1-21-20

2020 Noontime Legal Seminars – NCBA and Nevada County Law Library

The Nevada County Law Library offers monthly “Noon Time Legal Seminars,” which are open to the public and attorneys on legal topics of general interest. The cost is $15/seminar for the public and $30 for attorneys, who will receive one hour of MCLE credit (Minimum Continuing Legal Education) from the Nevada County Bar Association.

NCBA 2020 Noontime Seminar flyer

Most seminars are presented by attorneys, and spaces are limited.
We suggest pre-registration by calling 530-265-7161 or emailing

Seminars are from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, at the Nevada County Superior Court, 201 Church Street, in Nevada City. We will confirm all registrations.
Note: the seminar on November 17 offers one hour on Ethics.

MCLE Seminar on Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy

Creditor’s Rights and Bankruptcy: What Non-Bankruptcy Attorneys Need to Know

with Speaker Peter C. Bronson, Bankruptcy Attorney

TUESDAY, January 15, 2019 Ÿ 12 noon to 1:00 pm

Nevada County Courthouse, 201 Church Street, Nevada City. Cost:  $30.00 Ÿ One hour of MCLE credit

Pre-registration is recommended, as space is limited.  Call (530) 802-0408 or email  Attendees may pay at the door.  Sign-in will be available at the table outside the Law Library beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Learn About:

  • The bankruptcy process, and different types of bankruptcy
  • Effect of bankruptcy on state court litigation, liens and judgment enforcement
  • Actions creditors should take when a bankruptcy is filed
  • The “automatic stay” in bankruptcy, and grounds for lifting it
  • Objecting to discharge of debts, or to bankruptcy plans
  • Preferences and other avoidable transfers
  • Anticipating and protecting against future defaults by customers and borrowers

Nevada County Law Library / NCBA 2018 “Noon Time Legal Seminars”

The Nevada County Law Library in collaboration with the Nevada County Bar is offering monthly “Noon Time Legal Seminars,” which are open to the public, on legal topics of general interest. These seminars are taught by local attorneys and designed for the practicing attorney, but they are also intended to be accessible to the general public.

The cost is $15/seminar for non- attorneys and $30 for attorneys (who will receive MCLE credit — Minimum Continuing Legal Education, through the Nevada County Bar Association). Seminars on February 20 and March 20 are co-presented by experts in the community, along with an attorney.

Seminars are from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm held generally on the third Tuesday at the Nevada County Superior Court, 201 Church Street, in Nevada City.  Spaces are limited and pre-registration is highly recommended; Call 530-265-7161 or email   (There are no Seminars scheduled for July or December).

The Seminar schedule for 2018 is:

January 16, 2018

California Cannabis Law Update 2018 / Presented by Heather Burke


February 20, 2018

Three’s Steps to Avoiding Scams, Keep it Safe and Identity theft / Presented by, Jason Welliver (Bank of America) and James Morris, Deputy District Attorney


March 20, 2018

Social Media: Be Careful What You Say – Presented by Pascale Fusshoeller (Co-founder of YubaNet) and attorney TBA


April 17, 2018

Joint Property Owners (Tenants-in-Common): Rights and Obligations – Presented by Dylan Hendricks


May 15, 2018

Basic Employment Law – Presented by Steve McFarlane


June 19, 2018

Does Fido have Standing? Laws Pertaining to Pets, Livestock, and Animals – Presented by Fran Cole


August 21, 2018

Landlord and Tenant Rights  – Presented by Larry Montgomery and Kathy Lindsay


September 18, 2018

How to Start Your Business – Presented by Jeff Guyton


October 16, 2018

Workers Comp/Disability – Presented by Kim LaValley


November 13, 2018

Problems Next Door? Rights and Remedies Among Neighbors – Presented by Lee Auerbach